Lean and Six Sigma Working under Factory Physics

Posted by: meikah | 8 March 2007 | 11:33 pm

The Manufacturing Business Technology Magazine (MBTMag) has a feature on consultants claiming that Lean and Six Sigma can work better when executed with the principles of Factory Physics.

What is Factory Physics? I am new to the concept, and so I tried researching about it a bit. My research led me to a website with the same title, Factory Physics, Inc. The site is put up by Mark Spearman, the same person who developed the concept and an award winning author of the book Factory Physics: Foundations of Manufacturing.

A result of intensive research, Factor Physics is a framework for optimizing fundamental operations of manufacturing and supply chain. It touches on the basic manufacturing measures such as cycle time, throughput, capacity, work-in-process, inventory, and variability.

Based on those, it’s pretty easy to see that Lean and Six Sigma, which also work on the same parameters, can work well with Factory Physics.

Going back to the MBTMag article, Factor Physics and its tools have been useful for some manufacturing companies:

At precision motion control device manufacturer Moog, East Aurora, N.Y., Factory Physics is credited with transforming a delivery-performance record that was on average 17 days late to one that had could deliver 10 days ahead of schedule. Moog also slashed 12 days worth of work-in-process (WIP) inventory down to a three-day supply. Continue reading…

The very value of Factory Physics, I guess, is its claim to help companies tailor their Lean and Six Sigma programs.

Manufacturing Business Technology Magazine, Consultant claims Lean, Six Sigma work better under the rules of “Factory Physics” with the link provided by Six Sigma Zone

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Factory Physics, Inc.
Factory Physics: Foundations of Manufacturing
Factory Physics: The Science of Lean Manufacturing

Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Mark Spearman, Processes, Software/Technology

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